There have been several hits on a Global Model Earthship being built for a Taos family who was displaced after losing their home in Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Last year, we had 35 students and several crew members begin the tire pounding and within a week’s time were able to complete the 9 courses of the main structural tire wall. The Bilal family has been in Taos since that time and have been the focus of our local humanitarian effort.
Since last spring, Earthship Biotecture has donated time and labor working with our interns, Academy students and various high school groups towards enclosing and eventually finishing the Bilal family’s Earthship. Several groups have worked with us over the year to pack out the back tire wall creating more support and preparing for the roof to go on. Read More
We are rolling along in our third week of the Earthship Academy session in Ushuaia, Argentina. The roof is completely on and just needs to be sealed. The glass is mostly in the front face. The interior floors are being poured. The septic system is complete and the bathroom is getting bottle walls and finishes.
We had 70 people from the local community attend our open day last Sunday and we made the cover of the local newspaper. This week in the classroom students learned about food production in Earthships, Simple Survival Earthship Systems, the Power Organizing Module and all its components and were given an overview of all the different types of Earthships by Michael Reynolds.
Michael Reynolds also did a site visit to another town in Argentina, El Bolsón, and is designing a project there. We are already considering another Earthship Academy Session in Argentina in 2015.
This Spring semester the UNM Green Technologies program will be offering Intro to Earthship Biotecture as one of their electives to fulfill the sustainability credit. Phil Basehart, who has worked for Earthship Biotecture for over 20 years, will be the lead instructor. Guest instructors will include Michael Reynolds and Earthship systems specialists from our plumbing and electrical staff. Students will tour Earthships, take classes on Earthship design principles and spend time on construction sites learning how to pound tires, lay cans and bottles and plaster with adobe. We are excited to start this partnership with UNM and hope it paves the way for Earthship concepts to enter the curriculum at the college level here in New Mexico and around the country and world.
To sign up online please visit: www.taos.unm.edu/current-schedule
Here’s one of the most magnificent Earthship bottle walls to date. Expert Earthship bottle wall artist Heather Konz developed the free form pattern to be able to make the wall go up quickly without waiting for more bottle bricks of specific colors to be made.
Cambodia is a very poor country, and it needs innovative methods of creating a safe and secure places to live, with the minimum amount of external materials, to the lowest possible cost. As we’ve learned the people of Cambodia are very creative, and adaptive to new ideas, and we feel we can inspire change by inviting them to learn with us.
We are starting this project at early to mid January 2014, and should be running for about a month or so.
About what we’re looking for
We are looking for people interested in new ways of thinking, earthship’s and permaculture, and who are not shy of a hard days work! The temperature here in January will be between 26° and 34° Celsius, and we’ll be working about 6 hours a day. The work will be quite hands on. Please contact or visit us to join in the build! We will take on about 10 volunteers, and we will prioritise people who can stay the duration of the build. Read More
A time lapse film clip capturing a two week workshop of an Earthship build in Northern Rivers, Australia. 2013.
Thanks to all those involved.
Workshop run by Terraeden Biotecture.
Music: Led Zeppelin “Achilles Last Stand”
Edited by: Lucy Scott